Microsoft introduces a revised Notepad app for Windows 11 insiders


Enlarge / The new Notepad app in Windows 11.

Andrew Cunningham

Microsoft continues to update and refine Windows 11 even two months after its release, and the Notepad app is the newest part of the operating system to get attention. The updated version of the Notepad app is made available for Windows Insiders on the Dev Channel, where the company is also testing tweaks to the taskbar and start menu, a new old button to set the default web browser, an updated media player app, and other changes.

The most important changes appear similar to the leaked Notepad screenshots from early October: The new uniform title bar and menu bar grab the “Glimmer” design of Windows 11 as well as support for dark mode and toggling between dark and light mode and modernized font Controls.

  • The search and replace menu takes up less space than before and does not have its own title bar.

    Andrew Cunningham

  • Dark mode support.

    Andrew Cunningham

  • The sparse settings screen can change the color mode or choose a font, and that’s about it. Notepad remains a simple app at heart.

    Andrew Cunningham

Microsoft added a few non-aesthetic features to Notepad, but so far the company has focused on improving the program for the basic text and code editing that Notepad is good for. Microsoft is not trying to make Notepad a more advanced or rich text editor. For starters, the program incorporates a multi-level undo feature, while the current Notepad app can only undo and redo the last thing you did. There is also a new search and replace dialog that takes up less space.


Microsoft says it is working to improve performance when opening large files and problems clicking the Shift key to select text, along with a few other minor issues. These are expected to be fixed before the new Notepad app is rolled out to the more stable Windows sales channels.